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When to use each form builder
This lesson covers how to know when to use each type of form: Forms on Ontraport Pages, stand-alone Ontraport Forms, and Legacy Forms.
You'll learn:
  • Why Forms on Ontraport Pages is almost always the best form builder to use 
  • What to use instead if you need your form to be a pop-up 
  • What to use if you need to embed your form on a third party site 
  • What to use if your web developer wants full control over the styling of the form
Instructor
Sam Flegal
When to use each form builder
This lesson covers how to know when to use each type of form: Forms on Ontraport Pages, stand-alone Ontraport Forms, and Legacy Forms.
You'll learn:
  • Why Forms on Ontraport Pages is almost always the best form builder to use 
  • What to use instead if you need your form to be a pop-up 
  • What to use if you need to embed your form on a third party site 
  • What to use if your web developer wants full control over the styling of the form
Course Instructor
Sam Flegal
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In this video, we’ll give you an overview of when to use each of our different form types: Forms on Ontraport Pages, standalone Ontraport Forms, and Legacy Forms. Depending on what you’re going for, you’ll need the right tool for the job. So in this video, we’ll go over what the differences are between these form builders and the benefits of each.
 
Let’s dive in. 
 
First, Forms on Ontraport Pages is our best, most modern form builder. It has the most options and it’s almost always the best choice -- except in these three situations:
 
Situation 1: You need your form to be a popup, like this one.
 
Situation 2: You need to embed your form on a page that isn’t an Ontraport Page, such as your WordPress site or other 3rd party site.
 
Situation 3: Your web developer wants full control over the styling of the form, using their own html, CSS and Javascript. 
 
Except in these cases, you should use the forms on Ontraport Pages. You can learn all about those in the next video.
 
If any of the above situations does apply to you, the next form type to consider is Ontraport Forms. 
 
These are used when you need the form to display a popup, or you need to use it on a non-Ontraport Page, like your WordPress site. Ontraport Forms uses our previous styling technology, which is a bit more limited. But with Ontraport Forms, you can create popup forms that appear when visitors arrive, floating bar forms that stick to the top or bottom of the page or in a corner, forms that popup when visitors click a button or scroll down a page, or a popup form with some kind of offer before visitors leave your page. We’ll show you how this all works in the video on Ontraport Forms (Ontraforms?).
 
Last are our Legacy Forms. This is our original form designer and should only be used by web developers. This form gives developers control over every aspect of the form, and you still get to use Ontraport tracking and contact merging. There are a few other things to know about Legacy forms. They aren’t natively mobile-responsive, so your web developer will need to take care of that. 
 
They do have one fancy trick though. Legacy forms have a feature that lets you show or hide fields based on how a contact has filled your form out so far. 
 
This can be helpful for making a form less intimidating if it’s really long, or if certain fields only apply to particular contacts.
 
Now that you understand when to use each of these form types. Let’s dig into each of them, starting with Forms on Ontraport Pages.
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